A group for friendship, support and networking for people within the Illinois South Conference (ISC) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), and for straight allies who have parents, siblings, children or friends in the gay community.
Since its formation, Christianity has dealt with the challenge of defining community. Jews wrestled with including Gentiles at the table. Later, men have wrestled with including women in the life of the church. Throughout history, various minority groups have been scrutinized as to their place and role within Christianity. As we turn to scripture for guidance, we find Paul has given us a guide. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Regardless of one’s sexual orientation, we are all one in Christ and one within Christianity. Being a gay Christian is not an oxymoron, and we are all children of God. ISC Pride seeks to extend Paul's pronouncement of oneness, as we fully welcome the LGBTQ community and those who love and support them as blessed and valued parts of God's creation. Let us more actively live-out our quest that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you
are welcome here.”
ONA Church in Illinois South Conference
St. John's UCC
216 North Street
Brighton, IL 62012
Telephone: 618-372 - 3737
Worship: Sunday @ 10:15 am
Pastor: Rev. Laurie Crelly
2200 Camp Jackson
Cahokia, IL 62206
Telephone: 618-939 - 4835
Worship: Sunday @ 10:00 am
Pastor: Rev. Carol Shanks
Church of the Good Shepherd
515 Orchard Dr
Carbondale IL 62901
Worship: Sunday @ 11:00 am
Pastor: Rev. Kim Magwire
St. John UCC
10207 Lincoln Trail
Fairview Heights, IL 62206
Worship: Sunday @ 10:00 am
Designated Pastor: Rev. Rosemary Captain
An online ministry of Bethel UCC
Worship: Online, available 24/7
Pastor: Rev. Libby Feagans-King
Rainbow Camp is about being family together, in an environment filled with fun and faith. It’s for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer singles, couples and families. Straight allies welcome, too. Everyone will have a safe and respectful place to be themselves.
This camp is about FUN. We’ve got swimming and water games, archery, crafts, pontoon boat rides, a bonfire, canoeing, music, hiking, horseback riding, and even more.
We’ve also got GOD, because DuBois Center is about finding Christian community in a setting where you are seen as a whole child of God. We’ll have vespers Saturday night and close our time with worship Sunday at Noon. Feel free to bring musical instruments for worship and campfire time.
To get an idea of what Rainbow Camp is like, here is the flyer from 2016.